Chicago Best Buy: Day One

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Action from the Chicago Best Buy Tournament tipped off bright and early at the Joy of the Game complex and there were a number of high level performances including the emergence of Danuel House.

Cameron Ridley, C, Houston Hoopstars – Last year Ridley had head coaches trailing him in Las Vegas. He followed it up with an impressive performance at adidas Nations in August. Since then he's improved. Playing an aggressive brand of ball, Ridley was a force defensively in both of his pool play games on Saturday. He's active and uses his long wingspan to get after shots. Offensively he has good touch, a great set of hands and used terrific footwork to maneuver for buckets.

Joel James, C, Florida Rams – In a match up against Ridley, James managed to show his presence on the backboard. He attacked the glass, got phsyical and fought for rebounds. He didn't score until the second half and had just six points. But he had the biggest bucket of the game when he scored with just 48 seconds left to put the Rams up four and fouled out Ridley. He's a prospect and one that is getting in shape and starting to put it together.

Taylor Barnette, SG, Nashville Celtics – After hitting seven threes in his first two games, the 6-foot-3 guard dropped in five triples in a first round play off game. He finished with 21 in the game, as he had a finish in the open court and a pull-up floater on the baseline. The southpaw has a quick release, deep range and is capable of going off the bounce for jumpers.

Demarc Richardson, PG/SG, Nashville Celtics – In our first look at the 6-foot Richardson we came away impressed with his speed and athleticism. His first thought is to attack the rim and he does a good job of it for the most part. He does tend to get a tad wild at times, but he plays hard and can make plays, especially in transition.

Perry Ellis, PF, Kansas Pray & Play – Over the course of the spring, Ellis has looked more and more aggressive and he continued that here at the Best Buy event. The 6-foot-8 power forward was active on both ends, but was especially effective on the offensive end when he faced up defenders and attacked. He's terrific on the baseline, as he knows how to use the rim to shield off defenders. Ellis plays hard and continues to get better.

Buddy Hield, SG, Kansas Pray & Play – A nice compliment on the perimeter for Ellis is this 6-foot-4 guard. Despite his awkward release, Heild shot the ball quite well and even knocked down a few shots well beyond the stripe. A solid athlete, Heild is wired to score buckets and he has the look of a solid mid-major prospect.

Glenn Robinson, SF, SYF Players – It's obvious Robinson has spent some time in the weight room, as he's developed his frame and has also grown to 6-foot-6. An impressive all around athlete, Robinson had it working on Saturday as he scored it for SYF from all three levels. Although he's not a knock down shooter, he looked good hitting a handful of threes and a pair of mid-range jumpers. He also worked in a number of drives to the basket.

Zak Showalter, SG/PG, Wisconsin Swing – Up against Kansas Pray and Play, Showalter went for 31 points and was tough for the squad from Wichita to guard. The 6-foot-2 combo guard knock down three, played a tough brand of basketball and mixed in drives to the rim. A scrappy guard, Showalter brought energy and made some impressive basketball plays.

Hanner Perea, PF, Indiana Elite – We've raved about Perea's athleticism since he got on the scene, but it's still impressive and fun to watch him race down the floor, grab an alley-oop and throw it down from high above the rim. He hit the glass today and made himself available for put backs and finishes in the paint. He'll still need to develop some back to the basket moves, but because of his elite athleticism he's a major factor in the paint.

Kevin Ferrell, PG, Indiana Elite – There's a healthy point guard debate going on this year and the 6-foot Indiana commit is right in the thick of it. Yogi possesses a gear that not many in this class have. He loves to push the break and has turned himself into a pretty good shooter from long range. He does tend to get a tad wild with the ball at times, but he was much more controlled on Saturday and put together a good day.

Danuel House, SF/SG, Texas Pro – A long, wiry wing prospect, House is a guy that will make his way into Scout.com's top 100 next time around. At 6-foot-6 he has great size for the wing, is a terrific athlete and is a guy that shoots the ball well. In a tough match up with TP Elite, House did most of his damage in transition and from slashing to the rim, but he also mixed in a few mid-range jumpers.

Danrad Knowles, PF, Texas Pro – One of the more intriguing prospects of the spring is this 6-foot-8, possibly 6-foot-9 forward. Knowles, who has a long, lanky frame, is active on both ends. Offensively he loves to face up and attack and defensively he's a force that blocks shots and affects many others. He's certainly a prospect on the rise.

Isaiah Austin, C, Texas Pro – It was another dominating day for the future Baylor Bear. The 7-footer caught lobs, finished around the rim and even knocked in a three-pointer on a break. His combination of size, mobility and athleticism is quite rare and he's a terrific long-term post prospect. On the defensive end protects the paint and is arguably the top shot blocker in all of high school basketball.

Javonte Hawkins, SF/SG, Michigan Mustangs – Blessed with a strong frame and long arms, Hawkins is a pretty impressive looking prospect. Throw in his athleticism and he's a guy that high majors should certainly take a strong look at. He finished with 17 points in a win over the Nashville Celtics and was active at the rim and on defense.

Denzel Valentine, SF, Michigan Mustangs – Michigan State locked down an intriguing prospect in Valentine. At 6-foot-4, he has a strong, developed frame and plays more of a point forward role at times. He's a talented passer that shoots the ball pretty well with range.

R.J. Curington, SG, CIA Bounce – Up against a quality opponent in OBC, Curington scored at will and did it every way imaginable. Although we didn't see the final tally, he knocked down at least half a dozen three-pointers and scored a number of buckets off strong drives to the rim. Curington, a 6-foot-4 wing, appears to be getting stronger and was certainly playing with confidence.

Tyler Ennis, PG, CIA Bounce – Not many lead guards have emerged in the 2013 class, but Ennis is one of them. A top 50 ranked prospect, Ennis showed why many think highly of him, as he's a terrific passer that has impressive vision. He didn't force the issue against OBC 16's, but he made the right plays and handled the point guard duties well.

Derrick Walton, PG, Michigan Mustangs 16's – Although it was only a half, Walton managed to standout. A quick lead guard, Walton has good speed, a strong handle and the ability to finish at the basket. He made his way into Scout.com's top 50 this month and he's certainly worthy of that rating.

Deonte Burton, SF, TP Elite -- The Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster wing prospect had a strong day. At times he looks like he's just going through the motions, but he's a tremendous talent that jumps effortlessly. He has good touch around the basket and likes to drop in floaters when he drives. While he's at his best when he's attacking the rim, he also mixed in a handful of mid-range jumpers.

Luke Fischer, PF, Wisconsin Swing – Over the course of the spring, Fischer, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has built a solid reputation. Despite early foul trouble from trying to guard Perry Ellis, Fischer showed his ability in the second half. For his size he moves quite well, has a nice set of hands and soft touch in the paint. He still needs to get stronger and continue to develop his post game, but he's certainly a talent.

Malik Price-Martin, PF, Florida Rams – A top 20 talent in the 2013 class, Price-Martin showed flashes of what is to come on Saturday. At 6-foot-9, he's an exciting all around athlete that moves up and down the floor very well. He must add some weight and get stronger, but he has great touch in the paint, can face up for mid-range jump shots and will block shots.

*Tony Farmer, a 2013 prospect on OBC 16's, has a terrific basketball frame. He's strong and possesses long arms. He showed flashes against CIA Bounce and knocked in a long-range shot.

*Nick Madray, a 6-foot-7 power forward, liked stepping away from the basket, as he hit a handful of mid-range shots. His body has developed and he's gotten strong over the past year.

*CIA Bounce guard Troy Knight was a scoring machine in the 8:00 am game. The 6-foot guard drained a number of threes and mixed in a couple of floaters as well.

*Jeremy King had a nice day for Texas Pro. The 6-foot-9 post player used his long arms to swat and contest shots. He runs the floor and stays active at all times.

*Shawn Smith, a 6-foot-2 guard from the Florida Rams, played both on and off the ball for Matt Ramker's squad. He's a solid athlete that shoots the ball well. He mixed in jump shots from mid to long range during the two games we saw.

*Jarvis Garrett and Jameel McKay both had good days for TP Elite. Garrett handled the point guard responsibilities, while McKay was active and inside snagging boards and tipping in put backs.

*Tyler Ennis said he has offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall and West Virginia. Among the other schools involved are Wake Forest, Florida, Kentucky and Providence.

*R.J. Curington claims offers from Wake Forest, Purdue, Virginia, Northwestern and Indiana. He also has interest from North Carolina and Maryland.

*Javonte Hawkins said he has 23 scholarship offers. Among the schools he mentioned showing interest are Michigan, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier, Arizona State, USC, Colorado and Providence.

*Malik Price-Martin said Ohio State, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, Florida, Syracuse and South Carolina are showing interest in him.

*Deonte Burton has a number of schools recruiting him. Among the ones showing the most interest are Virginia, Maryland, Louisville, Illinois, Wisconsin and Marquette.

*Danuel House claims offers from Colorado, Baylor, TCU, Houston and Richmond. Vanderbilt, Louisville, South Carolina, Texas, Maryland, Florida State and Mississippi State are also involved.

*Luke Fischer has an offer from Marquette. Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Wake Forest are also showing interest in the 2013 prospect.


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